The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 8.13.2015

Leadership change at Tinder; Emirates picks WPP team for creative; Clinton hires key Reid staffer for Latino outreach; Lenovo to cut 3,200 jobs; Biden considers 2016 run.

1. Tinder CEO Chris Payne is stepping down after only three months in the role, to be replaced by co-founder and president Sean Rad. PR pros said Wednesday that they were not impressed by Tinder’s 30-tweet Tuesday night tirade against a critical article in Vanity Fair’s September issue.


2. Emirates has brought on a global team of WPP agencies to manage its creative account. The coalition of firms will be known as Team Air and will include staffers from Grey’s offices in London and New York, Geometry Global, and TNS.

3. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has hired Jorge Silva to lead Latino media. He previously held a similar role for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). The former secretary of state’s campaign also sent a memo to Washington, DC, supporters to reassure them after Sen. Bernie Sanders took the lead in a New Hampshire Democratic primary poll.


4. Lenovo is laying off 3,200 staffers or 10% of its white-collar workforce after being stung by its $3 billion acquisition of mobile-device-maker Motorola. The company’s shares were down 9% early Thursday.

5. Vice President Joe Biden is discussing a potential run for the White House while vacationing with family in South Carolina this week, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report followed earlier stories that Biden is feeling out his inner circle on another presidential campaign.

6. Former President Jimmy Carter released a simple statement on Wednesday disclosing that cancer has spread to other parts of his body. He said more details will be made available next week.

7. Comcast’s NBCUniversal unit will invest $200 million in Vox Media with the ultimate goal of helping it reach younger audiences. Comcast had already owned 14% of Vox. 

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